Great Go: Level 1
By Brett McLaughlin
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2009
Run time: 1 hour 32 minutes

Great Go will help you quickly and effectively begin programming in the brand new programming language from Google, Go. By the time you're through these lessons, you'll be easily apply your existing programming skills to this new -- and often surprising -- language. Loops, branching, arrays, vectors, and the struct keyword are all covered in this crash course for existing programmers looking to add Go to their skill set.

You'll do more than just transition your existing skills to Go, though. You'll pick up Go-specific techniques and semantics, like returning multiple values from a single function and competently handling slices. You'll also get the straight scoop on where Go shines, and where it's just odd and a bit clunky. Don't wait months for a book when you can start writing Go code today.

When you buy Great Go, you get access to an entire video library of lessons-including lessons that aren't available yet! Here's the scoop: we're continually adding new sections that take you further into Go. We're also updating existing lessons and creating new ones in response to your questions, along with special "challenge lessons" that will test your skills. All of this is yours with Great Go.

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Not bad, but not Great

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples


  • Too many errors

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Comments about oreilly Great Go: Level 1:

This is a decent tutorial that's effectiveness is hampered by a few things. First, that the editing is just sometimes quite poor, and as a screencast there is a lot of unnecessary 'dead space' in the videos.

Primarily however, Go is a language under active development, and there were several places where I had to modify the code examples (which were not available at the time I purchased this video series) in order to even get them to compile. As this is video and not text, putting out eratta is far more difficult. Plus, the first third of the videos are about the process of getting and building Go. I'd have rathered fewer videos which were longer than the many short videos of very little content that were provided.

This video series did make me more excited about Go, and if you've been struggling to find a place to start learning about the language, this is a decent place to do that. That's what it did for me. However, I think that while Go is still changing so much, it's not worth the price of admission just yet.

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